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ORGANIZATION: AIFS Foundation - Academic Year in America


Academic Year in America is looking for volunteer host families to open their hearts and homes to high school exchange students, between the ages of 15 and 18, from all over the world! By becoming an AYA host family, you can make a difference in the life of a a teenager while enjoying one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences of your life. Hosting creates life time friendships and will expand your mind and your family globally! Have children? Hosting is a tremendous way to introduce global awareness, sensitivity and international education to children of all ages.

AYA host families come from diverse backgrounds and communities across the U.S. Families with or without children can host. Empty nesters, retirees, single parents, and single individuals all benefit from hosting with AYA. All it takes is a genuine willingness to share your home and hearts with a young person from another country!

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About AIFS Foundation - Academic Year in America



Mission Statement

Academic Year in America (AYA) is one of the most respected exchange programs in the United States. Our mission is to promote worldwide understanding through cultural exchange. Our vision is to encourage and inspire our young people, families and volunteers to become considerate and forward thinking citizens of the world, and create dynamic educational opportunities where they can share beliefs and values across cultures.


AYA is one of the most respected high school homestay programs in the U.S. AYA host families and exchange students share life-changing experiences, and we’re delighted to provide the opportunity. Since 1981, our professional network has been dedicated to helping students, families and communities as they build unforgettable memories, lasting friendship, and open lines of communication through cultural exchange. Academic Year in America believes strongly in the value and benefit of high school exchange for foreign students to learn about life in America and share their unique backgrounds and culture with folks in the U.S. Hosting a high school exchange student is an opportunity to build global skills and friendships for American families and their communities.

AYA is sponsored by the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) Foundation, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1967 with the assistance of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Its mission is to promote worldwide understanding through cultural exchange. The Foundation awards grants to high schools for projects that encourage intercultural awareness. It also provides scholarships that enable young Americans to study and travel abroad.


Children & Youth
Children & Youth, Community, International


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Multiple locations Diamondhead, MS 39525






  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25
  • Orientation or Training
  • Host a student for 5 or 10 months or become a welcome a family for 4-8 weeks.
  • Host families provide room and board and 3 quality meals a day and offer a safe and caring home environment for each students. Students will enroll at a local high school for the semester or year.

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